Pakistani players Wasim Akram inactive as the best left-arm fast bowler quick of all-time with 916 international wickets, but unlike most cricketers who struggle to get their timing right, the former Pakistan captain knew when it was his time to walk away. Akram, who retired from international cricket after the 2003 World Cup, revealed the moment and the person responsible for making him realise it was time.who will win.
“It’s a tough decision alright, no doubt. For any top player to retire from sports is always tough. But everything has a time limit,” Wasim told Aakash Chopra during a chat on YouTube. “In my case, PCB made the decision very easy for me since they dropped me. Every day was a pain going to the game. I wasn’t enjoying it and I thought that’s a sign.Today match prediction
“What did India do? The money generated by the Indian Premier League, invested whole-heartedly in First-Class cricket. They changed the FC structure, the pay structure, everything. They brought in professionals – they have the best physios and trainers in the world. Former Indian cricketers have become good coaches themselves. They then in turn have employed individual coaches, which is the need of the hour. So that is where the difference is.”
And a lot has changed since, especially for cricket as a whole in Pakistan. Despite winning two ICC championships since Akram retired, Pakistan cricket has been muddled in controversies, lack of performances and most of all quality players. While their rivals India have gone from strength to strength, Pakistan, as many believe, have taken one step forward and two steps backward.
“Whoever came to the cricket board, he came with a short-team goal. There was no fixing of First-Class structure. What’s been going on for the last 30 years, they did nothing different from it. So that is the reason. There’s plenty of talent in Pakistan. The FC structure has now finally changed but you still need 3-4 years for it to show results,” Akram pointed out.